Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK
May 19th, 2013
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Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK

(CNN) - An outspoken and provocative conservative who emerged from Saturday's Republican Party of Virginia Convention as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor once compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party.

E.W. Jackson, an African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, made the comments in a self-produced "message to black Christians" posted on YouTube last year.

"The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was," he said in the video. "And the Democrat Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide."

Sensing an opportunity to tie Jackson to the rest of the Republican ticket in Virginia, especially conservative gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have already started highlighting those remarks and others in emails to reporters.

Cuccinelli, the state Attorney General, will face Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, in the November election.

"Extremely divisive rhetoric from Jackson and Cuccinelli reflects the social agenda they would impose on Virginia. At a time when Virginians are looking for leaders who focus on jobs, the Tea Party has nominated a ticket whose careers have been defined by a radical social agenda," McAuliffe campaign spokesman Brennan Bilberry said in a statement.

Cuccinelli and Jackson were nominated at Saturday's GOP convention in Richmond, where Jackson beat out six other candidates for the number two spot on the ticket. Party activists tapped Mark Obenshain to be their nominee for attorney general.

Jackson, the founder of a nondenominational church, is a former Marine and graduate of Harvard Law School. But he is rapidly becoming known for a raft of controversial statements that have bubbled up online in the wake of his surprise victory on Saturday. He has publicly questioned President Barack Obama's faith and has been spearheading efforts to recruit black Democrats to the GOP since last year, when he unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Virginia.

"Shame on us for allowing ourselves to be sold to the highest bidder. We belong to God," he said in the video. "Our ancestors were sold against their will centuries ago, but we're going through the slave market voluntarily today."

As lieutenant governor, Jackson would hold the tie-breaking vote in what is currently an evenly divided state Senate. Republicans currently hold the lieutenant governorship and control of the 40-seat body. But with the unpolished Jackson as the GOP nominee, Democrats are now a safe bet to pick up the lieutenant governor's office and control of the senate.

Democrats will decide their nominee in a June 11 primary. To the frustration of establishment Republicans, GOP activists in the state chose to nominate their candidates at a convention instead of in a primary, a move that gave a relatively small group of conservative activists control over the nomination process.

A purple state, Virginia currently has a Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, but voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections.

Poll numbers so far show neither party with a sizable lead in the race, less than six months before Election Day. Because Virginia voters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately, it's possible that the winners could be from different parties.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Planned Parenthood • Virginia
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Hamburger Jones

    "Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions, they also specialize in women's healthcare" They don't do abortions. They try to get you to have the baby and give it up, or to use protection and not get pregnant. They will grit their teeth and tell you where to find a clinic if nothing else works, but they are about family planning, not baby dumping.

    May 20, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Marcus

    i find odd that people keep pushing Margaret Sanger into this discussion.
    Yes she was an eugenistic (or is it eugenicist?) whom believed in the 'improvement' of the Nation through, for example, the denial of certain 'undesirable people' (mostly with mental diseases) to immigrate to the US.
    Yes she believed that 'whites' were more fit to a better future than 'non-whites'.
    Only AFTER her death is that PP started to considere 'abortion' as an option to its purposes, before they were more focused in 'contraception'
    And even with her 'supremacist' beliefs, which were never a big issue in the PP BTW, she did work with the NCAAP a lot of times!
    So yeah, her racial point of views stank back then and stinks today, but her goal was always the health of the women!

    May 20, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Louis L.

    Pastor E.W. Jackson hit the nail right on the head in that video. Democrats want to accuse our side of being racist when it is THEIR party that is STEEPED in racism. The democratic party did start the KKK, and they are the ones who threatened black voters when they first got the right to vote back in the 1870's. Yes, there were some segregationists who left the democrat party in the 1960's, but if you notice the majority of them like Strom Thurmond, once they became republicans, DENOUNCED THEIR SEGREGATIONIST VIEWS. The majority of the segregationists that stayed with the democrat party like Robert Byrd, Ross Barnett, Lester Maddox, William Fullbright, etc NEVER ONCE denounced their segregationist views. THE ONLY big segregationist who denounced his segregationist views and remained a democrat was George Wallace. Pastor E.W. Jackson is the kind of leader black people ought to be looking up to, not Obama, or Jesse Jackson, or Sharpton, or most of the so-called 'civil rights' leaders.

    May 20, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. skarphace

    RL: "skarphace; Refering to Obama as a socialist just lets everyone know that you have no idea what a socialist is. A record stock market and record corporate profits! If he is a socialist he is a really bad one. Get some edcuation."

    Wow. I had no idea I referred to Obama as a socialist. Can you quote me? I will go back over all my comments, but I really do not remember saying that. If anything, I think that Obama is one of the most centrist Presidents we have ever had. He merely seems socialst to some because the right has moved so far right even Reagan would seem socialist by comparison.

    I really believe you misunderstood one of my comments, but will wait for your quote.

    May 20, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. pzanga

    Hey GOP, how's that re-branding thing working out?

    May 20, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Orthodox

    Planned Parenthood is NOT a friend of life. Gosnell is NOT the exception. Try the google search for Delaware abortion botched. Ignore the Google ad for an abortionist. Really, Google?

    May 20, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. skarphace

    liberal = freeloader: "Finally, one good black person!"

    That pretty much sums up the Teapublican racist agenda.

    May 20, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Shay

    E.W. Jackson, the republican party is the KKK! You need to reconnect with reality!

    May 20, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Steve Johnson

    Tea Party republicans are literally cartoon villains, once again.

    May 20, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -liberal = freeloader

    Finally, one good black person!
    And they claim they are not racist, and scream about the race card. What a worthless load of rubbish the Right wing has become: an echo chamber for the sort of statements that thinking people had thought were consigned to the scrap heap of history. Now, they are encouraged behind the fig leaf of free speech. That speech comes with responsibility, something the Right wing abandoned when our first president of color was elected.

    May 20, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. cedar rapids

    'Hitler was a Big time Fan of her writing and ideas of race elimination.. he even put of her ideas to work in those camps'

    Rubbish. Sanger was not a major player in the eugenics movement. She was around at a time when eugenics was popular in the US, period. In fact, the US practised eugenics up until as late as the 1970s! Hitler said he got the ideas from the US, not Sanger.

    'why don't you ever see abortion clinics in the Middle class or rich Communities ? Why are they just concentrated in the Black, Hispanics, and Poor Communities?'

    Because PP helps those that have trouble paying for healthcare sevices and so are more likely to be found in poor communities. Its not rocket science.

    May 20, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. cedar rapids

    'dj – when in fact they are a government funded baby killing operation that makes countless millons of dollars while covertly suppressing the black community thru deception, pretending to help and heal a few, while killing the many. '

    Dont you dare claim to be a christian when you spout such rubbish. You condemn yourself.

    May 20, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. bee

    You have really been tricked by the GOP..You think this will get you a following E.W. Jackson, NOT..

    May 20, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Tragic

    Kindda interesting to see a Black Republican pass their intentions for moving spending off as trying to rid black people of their oppressor..... and then It's the KKK, because apparently you only go to PP if you're an unwed pregnant teenager with abusive parents. O! and it's only minority, mostly Black women, in this predicament. Beautifully thought out.....

    May 20, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. JOSEPH

    Rev Jackson, you just gave the Democrats the Governor mansion

    May 20, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Rick

    Too bad this preacher/attorney's parents hadn't availed themselves to the services of Planned Parenthood before they made the mistakes that led to his birth.

    May 20, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Ryan

    What could the Republican party possibly have to offer a black person who isnt wealthy. NOTHING!!!

    May 20, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    With all their bigotry and hatred towards any and every ethnic group in the U.S. (except pure white people). I would have said the KKK and the Republican Party have the most in common.
    Republicans are so full of racial hate they cannot even do their job, pass legislation for the People, or even show an ounce of respect for the Office of the Presidency.
    Republicans are about as relevant and humane as the KKK.

    May 20, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. lroy

    He is correct of course. His only error is that Planned Parenthood likes to kill ALL babies regardless of race. It's not just blacks, it's white, red, yellow and God if there were green humans beings, they'd be aborted too.

    May 20, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Fred Evil

    Another 'genius' GoP Virginian politician.
    Lord, help save me from your deluded followers!!

    May 20, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Carole H.

    The Republicans and the Tea Party are just filled with hate. The Republican party has a lot in common with the KKK.
    This man is just a complete ass. Planned Parenthood is very important for women's health needs,

    May 20, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. mique

    I'm so tired of Republican nitwits.

    May 20, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Bertha59

    The KKK is all about hate. Planned Parenthood is about women's health, which not only is about safe abortions but also about planned pregnancies. So, please get your facts straight.

    May 20, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    The folks pictured over his shoulder would have a different opinion

    May 20, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Doc1

    The moment he implicated the Democratic Party in supporting 'genocide' I completely lost interest in anything else he had to day.

    May 20, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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